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VOLUME 2 - NUMBER 1 - JANUARY 2000
LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION
The battlefield by Tran Hoai Thu (Click title for story)
Tran Hoai Thu was born in 1942 in Dalat, evacuated from this city in the highlands following the war, and grew up in Nhatrang and Hue in central Vietnam. He was educated at Quoc Hoc Hue, Hue University, and Saigon University. Having been mobilized he served in the army in Binh Dinh for four and a half years as a platoon leader, later as a war journalist. After the fall of Saigon in 1975 he was arrested, and sent to a hard labour camp. Released after four years of imprisonment he worked as an ice-cream peddler, and afterwards fled the country by boat, resettling in the US in 1980. Most of Tran Hoai Thu's writings have particularly been concerned with the sufferings caused by the Vietnam war. He is celebrated for 8 collections of short stories, and 1 collection of poems. His most recent book Mac Niem Chien Tranh, a collection of short stories, was published in 1999, after Tho Tran Hoai Thu (a collection of poems in 1998), Ve Huong Mat Troi Lan (1998), Ban Me Thuot Ngay Dau Ngay Cuoi (1997), Ra Bien Goi Tham (1995), Mot Noi Nao De Nho (Con Duong Publisher, 1974), Ngon Co Ngam Ngui (Y Thuc Publisher, 1972), Nhung Vi Sao Vinh Biet (Y Thuc Publisher, 1971), and Noi Bo Vo Cua Bay Ngua Hoang (Y Thuc Publisher, 1970). Tran Hoai Thu' s short stories and poems have appeared in many journals, and magazines.
Eva by Song Thao (Click title for story)
Song Thao - pseudonym of Ta Trung Son, short story writer, born in Ha-Noi (North Vietnam) in 1938. He began to write in early 1991. Song Thao' s short story Eva ( Vietnamese version) first appeared in Chan Mang Giay So 6, a collection of short stories written with a humour and simplicity of style having recently been published by Van Moi Publisher. Chan Mang Giay So 6 is the fourth book of the author, after Con Do Bong Hinh (a collection of short stories, Van Moi Publisher 1997), Dong Dua Cuoc Tinh (a collection of short stories, Ngay Nay Publisher 1996), and Bo Chon Mu Suong (Kinh Do Publisher 1993). His work appeared in many anthologies in the US and Canada: Tho Van Hai Ngoai Nam 2000 (Van Moi, 2000), Hai Muoi Nam Van Hoc Viet-Nam Hai Ngoai 1975-1995 (Vietnamese Pen, 1995), Hai Muoi Nguoi Viet Tai Canada (Nang Moi, 1995), and Hai Muoi Nam Van Hoc Viet-Nam Hai Ngoai 1975-1995 (Dai Nam 1995). Song Thao contributed to numerous established literary magazines: Van Hoc, Van, Hop Luu, The Ky 21, Song Van, Nang Moi, and Lang Van.
The lucky compulsive gambler by Pham Nguyen Luong
Pham Nguyen Luong, poet, short story writer and doctor, born on 11-20-1942 in Hung Yen, North Vietnam. The 1954 Geneva Accords led to his family's leaving Hai Phong for South Vietnam. He finally settled in Saigon, graduated as a doctor from the University of Saigon in 1971, and joined the army in 1972. Pham NguyenLuong's The Lucky Compulsive Gambler, a short story dealing with gambling and its tragic result, first appeared in The Ky 21 magazine, the English version in SongVan magazine in 1998. Both versions were republished in his collection of short stories Nguoi Hang Xom Moi/ The New Neighbors published in the same year by Xuan Thu Publisher. This is the author's third book after "Nguoi Viet-Nam Nho Ve Nguon Goc Viet-Nam"; "Anh Hung Va Giai Nhan Viet-Nam" published by Nguon Song (1995). The New Neighbors was followed by the novel Nang Saigon Nang Hoa-Ky, published in 1999 by Dai Nam Publisher.
Volunteer by Dung Nham
Dung Nham - pseudonym of Nguyen Tuan Khanh, artist, poet, and short story writer, born in Kampuchia in 1941, known as Rung for his painting, Dung Nham/Co Dong for poetry, and Kinh Duong Vuong for short story. He had contributed to numerous literary magazines in Saigon, including Bach Khoa, Van, Van Hoc, Y Thuc, Chinh Van, Tan Van. Dung Nham/Co Dong's poems and Kinh Duong Vuong's short stories recently appeared in a number of literary periodicals: Van Hoc, Hop Luu in California, Song Van in Florida. Volunteer translated by Dung Nham and published in this issue is one of the author' s 300 poems which are to be introduced in three collections: Tho Tinh Co Dong, Nhung Bai Tho Roi, and Trai Tim Mau Hong Ngoc. Kinh Duong Vuong's Chiec Mat Na Cuoi, the first collection of short stories, was published by Van Moi Publisher in 1997. In the field of art, Rung's most recent exhibition was at La Artcore Center At Union Center For The Art. His paintings are showcased at:
To welcome you, my love -- Creation by Pham Manh Vien
Pham Manh Vien - Information on the author is not available.
The young woman who practiced singing by Duong Nhu Nguyen.
Duong Nhu Nguyen - information on the author is not available.
White summer night by Vu Thi An (Click title)
Vu Thi An - information on the author is not available.
Alongside by Hoang Xuan Son
Hoang Xuan Son was born in Thua Thien Vietnam in 1942. He began writing poetry in 1962. Vien Pho, his first collection of poetry, was published in 1989 by Viet Chien Publisher. His most recent work Hue Buon Chi, a collection of poems, was published in 1993. Hoang Xuan Son's poems have appeared in numerous magazines of literature and art published in the United States and Canada.
Network by Nguyen Khai
Nguyen Khai, pseudonym of Buu
Khai, artist, born in Hue in 1940, graduated from the National School of Fine
Art in 1963, won the Bronze medal at a Spring Art Exhibition in Saigon even
before his graduation. One of the founders of the Young Vietnamese Artists
Association -- an active and well-known artist group -- in the early 60's,
Nguyen Khai committed himself to painting and found it his only way to probe
the depth of reality, his inner state, and to pursue the marvellous. While
still in his twenties, he became one of the most famous artists in Vietnam.
The fall of the South Vietnam forced him to flee his country in 1981, and
settled in the American State of California. The painter resumed his
painting, and exhibited regularly since then. During the period from 1993 to
1996 he created a new series of paintings on the theme of mankind and
computer, which is designed to show the effects of technology and its growing
complexity on human life. "My new set of painting set forth this idea of
computer corrupting the individualistic spiritual growth. These painting show
the corrosive influence of computers in our everyday life, yet they also show
the beauty of the human mind; it is creations and innovations. They are in a
sense, a reminder to mankind that we created computers and not vice versa. We
control our lives with a strong immaterial power that no computer can ever
replace. The pieces Mother Earth, Lights, Eve Of the 21 Century, Pollution,
Salvation, and Spiritual Silence will lead the way to free people from the
influence if science and back to the inner spiritual development.-- Nguyen
2000 -- Tustin Renaissance Gallery (May 2 -
June 24, 2000)
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